Improve your mileage by ~3.3 percent and reduce CO2 emissions
- I am reading the book The Carbon Almanac by Seth Godin and J. Thorn.
- The book collects facts about the climate catastrophe.
- What’s more, it gives the real and commonly accessable actions one can take to make the difference, instead of falling into catastrophism and apathy.
What and how?
I will share an action that I found in The Daily Difference newsletter
- One of the changes that you can make on your own and “on the spot” is taking care of the correct car tires’ pressure.
- It turns out that over 80% of cars in the US market have lower than recommended tire pressure.
- According to the research, correctly inflated tires in a car can improve the mileage by around 3.3 percent.
How does it look like in my case?
In my case, it looks like this:
- My car has a 45 liter fuel tank.
- It consumes on average 5.5 liters of gasoline per 100 km
- I can drive on average about 800 km on one tank (I drive less because I usually refuel when the fuel level does not drop to 0);
- A saving of 3.3% of 800 km is 26.4 km, which is about 3.3 km per 100 km.
- With my annual distance of 12,000 km, this is an additional 396 km, which is half a fuel tank for free, i.e. PLN 136.40 in my pocket.
When it comes to CO2 emissions, I count it as follows:
- According to the manufacturer, my car produces 81 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
- As I mentioned before, I can drive 3.3% more on one fuel tank.
- It means, the 800 km distance generates 64.8 kilograms of CO2…
- …but because of the correctly inflated tires, I drive 826.4 km and generate the same number of kilograms of CO2, but per kilometer driven, less CO2 in the atmosphere will come out.
How to do it?
- Check the tire pressure at least once a month.
- The optimum tire pressure usually can be found in the owner’s manual, or inside the driver-side door.
- Tire pressure is best checked when the tire is cold, because a warm tire has a warm air inside that expands and therefore shows a higher pressure.
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